Fish groups say water strategy not enough
Last week, California Governor Newsom released his Water Supply Strategy, which is intended to guide and improve the state’s ability to adapt to a hotter, drier future. Leading cold-water conservation groups California Trout (CalTrout) and Trout Unlimited (TU) applauded the governor’s action but said the strategy must also articulate how it will address the worsening state of freshwater ecosystems, native fish populations, and recreational and commercial fisheries. The strategy lays out a number of proposed actions to increase water supply, including developing new supplies, expanding storage capacity, reducing demand and improving forecasting, data, and management, including water rights modernization. Missing are actions to restore and protect streams and water vital for salmon, steelhead and trout.